What was the first concert you ever saw?
Billy Joel, at the Tacoma Dome in Washington state.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Liars, Drum's Not Dead; Fela Kuti, Expensive Shit/He Miss Road; Frog Eyes, The Bloody Hand; Dusty Springfield, Dusty in Memphis; Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped (I promise I'll buy this when it's officially released); The Knife, Silent Shout.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
500 CDs, 11 records, about 100 broken tapes.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Yes, yes and yes. I mostly listen to new music, stuff that's not otherwise available. Plus, I'm way more likely to support a band when they come to town if I've heard some of their music. I don't get why some people make Internet file sharing such a black-and-white issue.
What was the first album you owned?
Either Run-D.M.C., King of Rock, or Paula Abdul, Forever Your Girl. God, I hope it was Run-D.M.C.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
I want a classic New Orleans funeral parade, with live horns and everything. That would be fun!
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Ha! I should probably feel guilty for occasionally listening to the Grateful Dead, what with their jams and self-indulgence and whatnot. They made some cool music, at least until 1978 or so.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Nine Inch Nails in 1992. Phish in 1996. Pavement in 1999. The details are too long and sordid.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Talking Heads, Remain in Light. Runners up: Miles Davis, Bitches Brew; Pavement, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain.